Get Pumped Up Like a WWE Star

Get Pumped Up Like a WWE Star

WWE Live in Singapore at the indoor stadium on 2 July 2015.

WWE Live in Singapore at the indoor stadium on 2 July 2015.

After eight long years, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) finally returned to Singapore, as part of their WWE Live international tour. The indoor stadium was jam-packed with over 8,000 excited fans who came to see their favourite wrestlers in action. The card for the night featured some of the biggest stars in WWE, including King Barrett, Nikki Bella and Neville.

Before the show, we spoke with them on what it’s like to be a WWE star!

English wrestler Neville shared how his schedule had immediately become super busy since his WWE debut in 2012.

“Between live events and live television broadcast for Raw and SmackDown [shows] and meet-and-greets and media like this, it's very demanding of my time. You’re always on the go. You don't have much time just to yourself or to spend at home.”

Nikki Bella dominating in a match against one of her biggest rivals, Paige.

Nikki Bella dominating in a match against one of her biggest rivals, Paige.

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Divas champion Nikki Bella revealed how fellow female wrestlers don’t have it any easier either.

“As a woman, that is tough. I feel like men can heal quicker or they just revive quicker than women. We need sleep and we don't really get a lot of sleep. So we can get really grumpy and we'll feel bloated which makes us grumpier and then we're hurrying so it's very demanding on our bodies.”

Neville vaulting off the top rope in a hard-fought bout with Bo Dallas.

Neville vaulting off the top rope in a hard-fought bout with Bo Dallas.

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Neville also had to adjust from working in the independent wrestling circuit, due to the different style of WWE.

“I think the main difference is, with WWE, you wrestle for television, [the] cameras [and] a worldwide audience [of] 5-plus million people. So you have to be very conscious of that style and be able to perform so that everybody all around the world can digest what you're doing.”

King Barrett acted in Dead Man Down movie as Kilroy the bodyguard.

King Barrett acted in Dead Man Down movie as Kilroy the bodyguard.

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Another part of being a WWE star is occasionally getting an acting role in movies and television. Having played Kilroy the bodyguard for the main villain in Dead Man Down, Barrett revealed how the training for that is also different.

“That was far more focused on putting a different accent on or making my voice sound slightly different. Or, you know, even the camera work. [In] WWE, I'm walking around with a crown, knighting people and getting chased around by a guy with a toilet plunger. Sometimes the reality of WWE isn't always there but it is very entertaining so it's definitely slightly different.”

King Barrett knocking out his opponent, Jack Swagger, with the Bull Hammer Elbow.

King Barrett knocking out his opponent, Jack Swagger, with the Bull Hammer Elbow.

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With so many responsibilities outside the ring, how do WWE stars still manage to consistently perform well at shows?

“The whole objective in being a superstar, really, is to stay physically fit and healthy and minimize injuries that you get in the ring,” he explained during the interview.

In the ring, his signature moves include the Bull Hammer Elbow (high-impact elbow smash), Wasteland (forward fireman’s carry slam) and Winds of Change (spinning side slam).

Whoa, those are such powerful moves! So we had to know, what workouts does Barrett typically do? A lot of weight-lifting, cardio and stretching.

“[It’s] to make sure my limbs aren’t stiff or anything especially after travel day. I’ve got to stay very supple and very flexible.”

Neville posing in his in-ring outfit.

Neville posing in his in-ring outfit.

Neville believes in taking very good care of his body, especially the joints. For that, he takes a lot of supplements like fish oils and omega oils. With no background in gymnastics, he relies on years of practice and repetition to perfect his moves in the ring. While he’s not too strict on a certain fitness regime, he does include some routine exercises as part of his overall training.

“I do a mix of high intensity conditioning training with also body building training [and] power-lifting training. I make sure that I get in the gym 5 or 6 times a week and really push myself.”

Neville performing his signature Red Arrow, the corkscrew shooting star press.

Neville performing his signature Red Arrow, the corkscrew shooting star press.

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However, performing high aerial moves like his signature Red Arrow (corkscrew shooting star press) can really take a toll on his body each time. So, he makes sure he doesn’t push too hard by listening to his body and setting aside a rest day after three days of intense training. It’s all about being smart with it.

“At the end of the day, my goal is to perform in the ring and to have the longest career possible. I’m not going to overtrain. That’s detrimental to my health. I’m going to take a step back and recover and pick it up the next day.”

Nikki Bella posing in one of her many in-ring outfits.

Nikki Bella posing in one of her many in-ring outfits.

With competition in the women’s locker room brewing steadily, Nikki is currently the second longest reigning Divas champion and hopes to surpass the record of 295 days held by previous champ AJ Lee. At the same time, she wishes to help elevate the Divas division further too.

And the only way to do it is to keep working hard as proper training is what keeps their performance in the ring successful and more importantly, safe.

Nikki Bella going for the Rack Attack on her opponent, Naomi.

Nikki Bella going for the Rack Attack on her opponent, Naomi.

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For example, to execute her signature move Rack Attack (backbreaker rack drop), Nikki has to first lift up her opponent onto her shoulder. Then, she drops to a kneeling position to drive the opponent's spine into her shoulder. This move alone requires hours of training at the gym.

“Because the minute any of it is weak, I can't. The Rack Attack is just impossible. So, squatting and back exercises are the main things to keep the Rack Attack very good and successful.”



King Barrett posing in full royalty get-up as the 20th King of the Ring winner.

Standing at about 2 metres tall, King Barrett is a giant of a man who surprisingly has a naturally lean physique. He used to force himself to eat a lot just to bulk up like the other wrestlers. Fortunately, he soon stopped and instead, re-focused on looking the best he can according to his body type.

“I’ve watched some documentaries over the past 12 months about focusing more on a plant-based diet. And I’ve cut [out] a lot of the rice and the pastas and the breads and stuff like that.”

His diet consists of proteins with lots of vegetables, fruits and good fats like avocados and olive oils. He avoids sugar specifically. As for supplements, he takes protein powders and protein bars. Sometimes, he also carries cashew nuts and almonds with him for extra energy.

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